Righteous Kill (2008)



Critic Consensus: Al Pacino and Robert De Niro do their best to elevate this dowdy genre exercise, but even these two greats can't resuscitate the film's hackneyed script.

Movie Info

After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren't. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional … More

Rating: R (for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Russell Gerwitz, Russell Gewirtz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2009
Box Office: $40.0M
Overture Films - Official Site


as Rooster

as Karen Kleisner

as Spider

as Lt. Hingus

as Det. Riley

as Det. Perez

as Natalya

as Yevgeny Mugalat

as Robert Milton Bradle...

as Cheryl Brooks

as Martin Baum

as Jon Van Luytens

as Gwen Darvis

as Prosky

as Judge Angel-Rodrigue...

as Father Connell

as Doctor Chadrabar
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Critic Reviews for Righteous Kill

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (34)

This thriller by Jon Avnet is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Nearly everything about this film is a cliché.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Say it ain't so, Bobby and Al.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie, which has more than 10 credited producers, feels like one of those slick, for-the-money projects Hollywood studios cook up via graph charts and marketing surveys.

October 18, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

There's nothing righteous to be found here.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

A murky, muddled, miserable mess, Righteous Kill spends 101 minutes failing to achieve what Heat managed in just six.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Audience Reviews for Righteous Kill


All I'll say for the moment is: "Could have been so much better." Full review forthcoming.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Righteous Kill is an average police mystery/thriller, terribly disappointing considering the two acting giants who star in it. I always like Carla Guginio and John Lequizamo too, but they don't add much here. So, all these actors have done impressive work before, but director Jon Avnet doesn't get much done here. There is some intensity, but its all clichéd and formulaic. Really, is this the best everyone could do? I enjoyed watching Pacino and DeNiro (Rooster and Turk?) together, but RK doesn't compare to Heat, much less Godfather II. This is essentially a bigger budget episode of Law and Order.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

ok...a pair of seasoned cops, Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are on the case when a serial killer with a vigillante streak starts bumping off bad guys in New York City.They team up with younger detectives Perez and Riley and assisted by crime scene specilist Karen Corelli they work to uncover the killers identity with little more to go on than a poem left as a calling card at the scene of each crime.
has an obvious twist~!

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

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